An increased security presence has been reported in the Gush Etzion area (West Bank) as of 07:45 (local time) on Thursday, August 8, following the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old Yeshiva student. Local media outlets are reporting that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is treating the ongoing investigation as a terrorist attack.
Details are still emerging. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected in the coming hours. Avoid the area.
Individuals in the areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.
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